Activities galore at Bailey Day

(Photo by Walter L. Newton/The Flume)

So what does an Old West mountain town really have to offer?

You can find out firsthand June 22, at Bailey Day, where the entire family can partake in plenty of great grub, 11 hours of boot-scootin’ live music, a Gunsmoke Fast Draw competition, a live charity auction, a petting zoo, the Bailey Day Taste Off and a mountain of other activities for wranglers of all ages.

Sponsored by the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual event offers a glimpse into the storied history of Bailey.

To that end, the gun-totin’ Park County Regulators will be stirring about with cowboy action shows and Wild West reenactment skits that preserve the flavor of our local history, in living color and sound.

The day fittingly begins with a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Event-goers would be wise to indulge in a hearty breakfast, because it will require energy to explore more than 100 booths lining Main Street.

Artisans, vendors, food carts and dozens of local organizations will be on hand to peddle their wares to passersby.

Other attractions and activities throughout the day will include an interactive historic area at McGraw Memorial Park, a kids’ play area, archery, an Olde Tyme photo booth, watermelon eating contests, a street dance and a hayride through downtown Bailey.

The Bailey Day Taste Off, featuring baked beans, canned goods, home brews, wines and ciders and other spirits, will be held at the Community Center. Winners will be announced at the Main Stage at 3 p.m.

The goings-on at McGraw Memorial Park starting at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony led by Tommy Duffy, Bailey VFW Commander, with Boy Scouts providing a formal salute.

Foothills Prospector demonstrations, hot dogs, caboose tours, a presentation by Chad Watkins from “Ice Cold Gold” on the History Channel, Hillbilly Allen on stage, treasure hunts for kids, Regulators and their cowboy skits, line dancing led by Diana Jansen and a Ridgerunners square dance will also be part of the fun at McGraw Park.

Visit and/or contact the Platte Canyon Chamber Bailey Day Committee members for more information.

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